Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poetry Now: 4th Annual Battle of the Bards March 28 in Toronto

From a media release:

POETRY NOW: 4th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS
Governor General’s Literary Award-winning poet Phil Hall to judge
March 28, 2012 at Harbourfront Toronto

TORONTO ---
Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is pleased to announce the 20 poets selected for this year’s Poetry NOW event taking place on March 28. A jury comprising the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for poetry Phil Hall, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 to 28, 2012) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine.

The 20 established and upcoming poets selected to grace the AUTHORS stage are: Jonathan Bennet, Linda Besner, Mark Callanan, Ayesha Chatterjee, John Donlan, Catherine Graham, Elizabeth Greene, Alyxandra Harvey, Laurence Hutchman, Maureen Hynes, Steve Luxton, John B. Lee, Anthony M. Pignataro, Sandra Ridley, Jenny Sampirisi, Jennifer Still, Fraser Sutherland, Eva Tihanyi, Daniel Scott Tysdal, and Calvin Wharton. NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole will host this year’s event.

For the fourth year, AUTHORS has joined their long-time media partner NOW Magazine in issuing an open call for submissions from poets who have been published within the past five years and are currently in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS accepted submissions for the event through each poet’s publishing representative until February 24, with selected participants notified through March 1. Each poet reads for up to five minutes and books will be for sale at the event.

Event date, time, and location: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Tickets: $10 to the general public, FREE for members, students, and youth 25 and under.


Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly readings continue through June 2012. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

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